Are Women Angrier Than Men Behind The Wheel?
Let me illustrate my point. I am in a traffic jam at the corner of Hill Street and Malibongwe Drive in Randburg. Stationary at the junction box, I politely allow two vehicles, to my left and right, too cross the intersection before proceeding – subsequently the traffic light was red, so I was in no rush. but the driver behind me, grew impatient of my good Samaritan road manners, and used the right-exit slipway, to pass and cut in front of me and jump the que to access Malibongwe drive. The traffic light is still red, I stopped along-side the passenger side of the vehicle, my window down, thinking now I am going to give you a piece of my mind but then I saw it was a woman, I quickly rewrote my speech and would merely point-out her disgusting road manners. Her response, she leaned over to the passenger window, flicked up her long bony middle finger,(she looked like a witch), with as much animosity on her indignant face as she could muster, she said, “#&^k you!!!!” My wife and I were shocked – and speechless!
So here raises the question, was I shocked by her vulgar behavior – or was I more shocked because she was a woman? Well according to a recent study on woman and road rage – I should not be surprised when the fairer sex transform into cave women behind the wheel.
Patrick Fagan, a behavioral psychologist at Goldsmiths University of London sense tested 1000 drivers to measure their emotional and physiological responses in various driving scenarios. The results: women are 12 percent angrier on the road than men. Say what? Fagan used facial coding technology, eye tracking analysis, galvanic skin response and a heart-rate monitor to record how specific stimuli impacted their emotions while driving, then fed the results into specially-developed software to provide a ‘Driver Emotion Test’ score for each test subject.
According to Fagan, women score higher levels of neuroticism, as well as higher verbal and emotional intelligence than men. The research uncovered that when overtaken, yelled or hooted at; or when another driver veered in front of them changing lanes – women are more likely to react in anger and indignation than men. He further went onto to say, “Evolutionary theory suggests our early female ancestors had to develop an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while men were out hunting. That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so they get angry and frustrated more quickly.”
Now that we are more enlightened about the female psyche; us males will be sure to show more respect and courtesy to our fellow female motorist – or else!